Toronto, ON, November 4, 2016 — Project Bookmark Canada President Don Oravec and the board of directors of Project Bookmark Canada are pleased to announce a new chapter for Canada’s literary trail. After ten years at the helm of the organization, Project Bookmark Canada founder Miranda Hill will step down as executive director in December. To lead the organization into an era of greater expansion and strong partnerships, Project Bookmark Canada is seeking a new executive director.
“Miranda Hill has contributed her ideas and her energy to this initiative for over a decade, and we are delighted to help her pass the torch to the next leader,” says Don Oravec, Project Bookmark Canada President. “The board is excited to work with a new executive director to turn Miranda Hill’s vision for a Canadian literary trail into a true national legacy.”
Shelagh Rogers, honorary patron for Project Bookmark Canada, applauds Hill’s work and says that the project helps Canadians to understand ourselves and each other. “As a reader and a journalist, it’s been so powerful to witness this innovative idea establish itself on our landscape, becoming an important part of our cultural conversation,” says Rogers. “What better way to get to know this country than through the diverse voices and perspectives of our great storytellers?”
Project Bookmark Canada was incorporated in 2007 and unveiled its first Bookmark in April 2009, Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion at the Bloor Street Viaduct in Toronto. Since then, Project Bookmark Canada has unveiledsixteen more Bookmarks across the country, from Vancouver, British Columbia to Woody Point, Newfoundland and Labrador. In September 2016, Project Bookmark Canada added the first children’s Bookmark to the trail: Dennis Lee’s The Cat and the Wizard (with illustrations by Gillian Johnson) at Casa Loma.
The author and former Toronto poet laureate has been a long-time fan of Project Bookmark Canada, offering his advice and support from the organization’s earliest days. Says Lee, “I love the way Project Bookmark is mapping the Canada of our hearts and imaginations. And I love the fact that we're the first country to do so in this memorable fashion.”
Founder Miranda Hill says that enthusiasm and support like this was vital to help establish the organization. “Writers, community leaders, and readers from across the country were instrumental in encouraging me to make Project Bookmark Canada a reality,” Hill says. “That was very important — especially in our earliest days — because when I began Project Bookmark Canada some people didn’t understand why we would want to celebrate our Canadian stories and spaces.”
Hill says that today any questions about the merit of a Canadian literary trail have been replaced by requests to build the trail faster, taking it to new communities.“In 2017, Canadians are eager to promote and examine our country’s stories, and to celebrate these explorations through marking our fiction and poetry in the landscape,”says Hill. “It’s been wonderful to have a small part in the growth of Canada’s reading culture over the past decade. I look forward to watching what comes next.”
Project Bookmark Canada is a nationally registered charity. In 2016, Project Bookmark Canada received essential financial support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Good Foundation Inc., as well as from donors across the country. To learn more or to make a donation, visit Canada’s literary trail online atprojectbookmarkcanada.ca. The job posting for the position of executive Director can be found at Work in Culture
Project Bookmark Canada Board of Directors:
Don Oravec, President
Anna Ling Kaye, Vice President
Linda Hughes, Secretary
Kevin Noel, Treasurer